With the Portland Trail Blazers back on the court, and college football and basketball in full swing, sports radio in Portland had quality content to work with in the fall book. The weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) story belonged to 1080 The Fan, which finished the quarter with a 3.9 share, eighth place finish in the Nielsen fall ratings book. That ranking was the highest among the three local stations in the market and up from a 3.6 share, tenth place finish last quarter. Compared to last fall, the outlet gained three-tenths of a share and two ranking positions.
In morning drive, Andy Johnson and Brandon Sprague garnered a 4.4 share, eighth-place result. Dirt & Sprague were down however from a 4.9, seventh-place result last quarter. However, the show improved from its 3.8, tenth place ranking last fall.
The early midday slot on the station is occupied by the FOX Sports Radio national program The Herd, featuring Colin Cowherd and Jason McIntyre. For the fall book, the program finished with a 1.1 share and twenty first place ranking. That was only one-tenth of a share and ranking position lower from the summer. Year-over-year, the program was down 1.6 shares and nine ranking positions.
Following Cowherd, The Fan’s Danny and Dusty earned a 2.3 share, sixteenth place finish between Noon and 3pm. The show’s share was flat compared to last quarter. Compared to the fall of 2022, the program was down eight-tenths of a share and six spots.
Afternoon drive with Isaac Ropp and Jason Scukanec remained 1080’s top story. The popular drive time team grew their share and ranking to a 6.7, fourth place finish. That result was the best of any sports radio show in the market this quarter. Isaac & Suke improved from a 5.8 share, fifth-place finish in the summer. They were also significantly up from last fall gaining 2.7 share points.
As a whole, 1080 The Fan finished as the top sports radio brand in the market among Men 25-54, Persons 25-54 and Men 18-49.
Alpha Media’s 750 The Game finished close to The Fan in weekday prime. The station was ninth with a 3.6 share for the quarter.
The Game’s morning and midday hours feature national sports radio programming. In mornings, The Dan Patrick Show accumulated a 2.8-share, fourteenth place finish in the fall book. From 9a-12p, The Jim Rome Show garnered the station’s top performance, scoring a 5.0 share, fourth place ranking and beating Cowherd head-to-head. After Rome, The Game airs Maggie & Perloff from 12p-3p, which pulled in a 3.4 share to rank eleventh. The CBS Sports Radio program also won its head-to-head matchup this quarter against Danny and Dusty.
In afternoons, John Canzano anchored the first three hours of the daypart followed by an hour of CBS Sports Radio programming. Both shows combined to finish eleventh with a 3.5 share among Men 25-54.
iHeartMedia’s Rip City Radio 620 finished the fall book with a 1.0 share in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p). That ranked the station twenty third. Rip City Mornings began the programming slate from 6a-9a with Justin Myers reeling in a 1.6 share to snag a twentieth place finish. In the 9a-12p window, Rich Eisen Show recorded a 0.4 share, twenty fifth place result. The Doug Gottlieb Show occupied the Noon to 3 hours and landed a 0.7 share to rank twenty fourth.
The first three hours of the afternoon daypart featured local programming with Rip City Drive featuring hosts Dwight Jaynes and Chad Doing. The final hour of the daypart consists of FOX Sports Radio programming, leading to a combined 0.6 share, twenty fourth place outcome.
For the full week (M-SU 6a-12a), 1080 The Fan amassed a 3.6 share, finishing eighth. The station finished tenth in this category last fall with a 3.1 share, demonstrating year-over-year improvement. Comparative analysis against last quarter’s metrics demonstrate a four-tenths share increase and three-ranking rise. In the fall book, 750 The Game had a 3.2 share to grab an eleventh place finish. Rip City Radio 620 posted a 0.9 share, twenty sixth place result.
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KFC on WFAN: What Makes Barstool Sports Successful is the “Reality TV Aspect”
“Anybody that has success in entertainment and sports…I think there is going to be that desire to see behind the curtain and we just kind of opened the curtain willingly.”
Kevin Clancy, better known as ‘KFC’ from Barstool Sports, filled in for Boomer Esiason on WFAN this morning with Gregg Giannatti. The two hosts discussed the feuding going on between members of the 1990’s Chicago Bulls as some players, most notably Scottie Pippen, are disputing some of what was said in The Last Dance back in 2020.
They compared the situation to some of what they face at their offices, noting they spend a lot of time with their co-workers, who aren’t members of their family or in most cases their best friends and drama can sometimes ensue. “Barstool has taken that office drama to a level that no one else has achieved,” Giannotti said to KFC. “When we do stuff like that here [at WFAN], it’s very rarely serious. The drama that you guys have, it’s real and it’s out there and that’s got to be a really difficult thing to deal with if you’re not prepared for it.”
“We usually refer to it as “being in the mud,” Clancy responded. “And there’s only certain people that can really live in the mud…It’s part of what made Barstool successful, is that reality TV aspect of it in that it is kind of like a team, and there is internal drama like clubhouse drama, locker room drama and the way we usually handle that is let’s do it out there and on the air.”
KFC talked about being a fan of WFAN and seeing it from the outside looking in. He said as a listener you could sense who was not a fan of certain people. He used the example of the feuds which would take place between Mike Francesa and Craig Carton and then the subsequent feuds Giannotti found himself in with “The Pope” when he took over for Carton.
“Anybody that has success in entertainment and sports…I think there is going to be that desire to see behind the curtain and we just kind of opened the curtain willingly,” KFC said about Barstool Sports. “We will probably fight each other more than anything, but then when there’s an outside problem, we close ranks and we are like, let’s handle business.”
Gow Media Parts Ways With Sports Map Radio Program Director Craig Larson
“With Larson exiting, Gow Media will make another change, tapping into its partnership with VSiN to satisfy its Sports Map Radio affiliate stations.”
It’s been a tough week in Houston for Gow Media. First, the company made cuts to ESPN 97.5, parting ways with the midday team of Joshua Beard, Michael Connor and Andrew Carlson. Then yesterday, the company informed longtime network program director Craig Larson that he too was unfortunately a budget cut casualty.
Larson had been with Gow Media since the company acquired the Sporting News Radio network in 2010. He started with Sporting News Radio as a producer in Illinois, moving next to Los Angeles to take on programming duties for the network before relocating to Houston to lead the outlet following David Gow’s acquisition of the brand.
During the fourteen years that Larson managed the network, it’s gone through a few changes. Gow elected to change the identity from Sporting News Radio to Yahoo Sports Radio in 2011. That was followed by rebrands to SB Nation Radio and its current name, Sports Map Radio.
With Larson exiting, Gow Media will tap into its partnership with VSiN to satisfy its Sports Map Radio affiliate stations. The two groups have already been working together. This just gives the sports betting network an even bigger push. It also helps Gow stand out better in a crowded national sports radio marketplace.
As for Larson, this is his first trip to free agency in nearly a quarter century. When reached by BSM, he acknowledged that his time with the company had come to an end. He added, ‘It was an amazing 14 years in Houston. I’m proud of the work we put in, and there’s no better person in the world to work for than David Gow.’
Those interested in chatting with Larson about future possibilities can reach him at [email protected].
Eli Gold Out as Voice of Alabama Football; Ends 35-Year Run
“I will not be returning. The university chose to not bring me back. I have not retired!”
The Tuscaloosa News has reported longtime University of Alabama radio play-by-play voice Eli Gold will not be returning next season. Gold, who has been in the position for 35 years, told Birmingham FOX 6 Reporter Jonathan Hardison, “I will not be returning. The university chose to not bring me back. I have not retired!”
The report says Chris Stewart, who has been calling Alabama basketball for the Crimson Tide Sports Network, will take over the football broadcasts.
“Eli has been an invaluable member of our broadcast team,” Jim Carabin, Vice President and General Manager of the Crimson Tide Sports Network said in a statement. “We are grateful for his years of service and wish him all the best in this next chapter. CTSN is fortunate to have someone as part of our existing broadcast team in Chris to step up and seamlessly transition into this role.”
Gold missed the 2022 season for health reasons, otherwise he has been calling Crimson Tide games each season since 1988. Gold, 70, had been diagnosed with cancer just over one year ago but called home games in 2023. Stewart filled in for Gold both in 2022 and 2023.